eDrawings API doesn’t provide a native WPF control to be used in WPF. It is however possible to use the WindowsFormsIntegration framework to host Windows Forms Control in the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) environment. Follow Hosting eDrawings control in Windows Forms guide of creating the eDrawings control for Windows Forms.

Creating new project

  • Start Visual Studio
  • Create new project and select WPF Application in the Visual C# templates section
Creating WPF application
Creating WPF application

Creating the eDrawings WPF control

Create a wrapper for the eDrawings host Windows Forms control

eDrawingHost.cs

using eDrawings.Interop.EModelViewControl;
using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace CodeStack.Examples.eDrawings
{
    public class eDrawingHost : AxHost
    {
        public event Action<EModelViewControl> ControlLoaded;

        private bool m_IsLoaded;

        public eDrawingHost() : base("22945A69-1191-4DCF-9E6F-409BDE94D101")
        {
            m_IsLoaded = false;
        }

        protected override void OnCreateControl()
        {
            base.OnCreateControl();

            if (!m_IsLoaded)
            {
                m_IsLoaded = true;
                var ctrl = this.GetOcx() as EModelViewControl;
                ControlLoaded?.Invoke(this.GetOcx() as EModelViewControl);
            }
        }
    }
}

Create new WPF User Control which will host eDrawings and can be placed on other WPF controls or WPF windows

The solution tree will be similar to the one below.

eDrawings WPF solution tree
eDrawings WPF solution tree

eDrawingsHostControl.xaml

There will be no logic or additional markup in the XAML of the control and all will be implemented in the code behind

<UserControl x:Class="CodeStack.Examples.eDrawings.eDrawingsHostControl"
             xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
             xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
             xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006" 
             xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008" 
             xmlns:local="clr-namespace:CodeStack.Examples.eDrawings"
             mc:Ignorable="d" 
             d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="300">
</UserControl>

eDrawingsHostControl.xaml.cs

using eDrawings.Interop.EModelViewControl;
using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.IO;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Forms.Integration;

namespace CodeStack.Examples.eDrawings
{
    public partial class eDrawingsHostControl : UserControl
    {
        private EModelViewControl m_Ctrl;

        public eDrawingsHostControl()
        {
            InitializeComponent();

            var host = new WindowsFormsHost();
            var ctrl = new eDrawingHost();
            ctrl.ControlLoaded += OnControlLoaded;
            host.Child = ctrl;
            this.AddChild(host);
        }
        
        public string FilePath
        {
            get { return (string)GetValue(FilePathProperty); }
            set { SetValue(FilePathProperty, value); }
        }

        public static readonly DependencyProperty FilePathProperty =
            DependencyProperty.Register(nameof(FilePath), typeof(string),
                typeof(eDrawingsHostControl), new FrameworkPropertyMetadata(OnFilePathPropertyChanged));

        private static void OnFilePathPropertyChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
        {
            (d as eDrawingsHostControl).OpenFile(e.NewValue as string);
        }

        private void OpenFile(string filePath)
        {
            if (m_Ctrl == null)
            {
                throw new NullReferenceException("eDrawings control is not loaded");
            }

            if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(filePath) || !File.Exists(filePath))
            {
                m_Ctrl.CloseActiveDoc("");
            }
            else
            {
                m_Ctrl.OpenDoc(filePath, false, false, false, "");
            }
        }

        private void OnControlLoaded(EModelViewControl ctrl)
        {
            m_Ctrl = ctrl;
            m_Ctrl.OnFinishedLoadingDocument += OnFinishedLoadingDocument;
            m_Ctrl.OnFailedLoadingDocument += OnFailedLoadingDocument;
        }

        private void OnFailedLoadingDocument(string fileName, int errorCode, string errorString)
        {
            Trace.WriteLine($"{fileName} failed to loaded: {errorString}");
        }

        private void OnFinishedLoadingDocument(string fileName)
        {
            Trace.WriteLine($"{fileName} loaded");
        }
    }
}

In this example the control defines the dependency property FilePath which can be bound and represent the path to the SOLIDWORKS file to be opened in the eDrawings

MainWindow.xaml

Add the following markup to the MainWindow. It defines the text box control whose Text property is bound to FilePath dependency property of WPF eDrawing control. Which means that the file will be loaded immediately once the value in the text box is changed.

<Window x:Class="CodeStack.Examples.eDrawings.MainWindow"
        xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
        xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
        xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
        xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
        xmlns:local="clr-namespace:CodeStack.Examples.eDrawings"
        mc:Ignorable="d"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="350" Width="525">
	<Grid>
		<Grid.RowDefinitions>
			<RowDefinition Height="*"/>
			<RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
		</Grid.RowDefinitions>
		<local:eDrawingsHostControl Grid.Row="0" FilePath="{Binding Path=Text, ElementName=txtFilePath, UpdateSourceTrigger=Explicit}"/>
		<TextBox Grid.Row="1" x:Name="txtFilePath"/>
	</Grid>
</Window>

Change the path to file in the text box to see the file loaded into the WPF form.

SOLIDWORKS file is loaded into the WPF eDrawings control
SOLIDWORKS file is loaded into the WPF eDrawings control

Source code is available on GitHub